TOP 10 NEWS MAKING THE ROUNDS IN NIGERIA TODAY, WEDNESDAY
1. Nigerian Military Arrests Killers Of Owo Church Worshippers
The Defence Headquarters said the Nigerian military has arrested the attackers of St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State.
The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, stated this on Tuesday during a media parley at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja.
Irabor disclosed that the attackers were arrested by the military in collaboration with other security agencies, adding that the terrorists would be made to face the full wrath of the law.
The Chief of Defence Staff added that the suspects would be paraded after the ongoing investigation had been concluded on the matter.
2. Buhari-led Federal Government Threatened Ekiti, Ondo Over Road Project – Fayemi
The Governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi has said that President Muhammadu Buhari- led Federal Government threatened the state and Ondo State over the Akure-Ado Ekiti road project.
The Governor revealed this while reacting to the visit of Minister of State for Transportation, Prince Ademola Adegoroye, to the Minister for Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, concerning the project.
Fayemi via a statement made available on Tuesday noted that the FG had refused to cede the road project to the affected states.
He stated that they had demanded clearance to do the road and toll it but the FG refused.
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3. 2023: INEC Gives Update About Accepting Lawan, Akpabio As APC Senatorial Candidates
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday denied accepting Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio as senatorial candidates for Yobe North and Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial Districts respectively.
INEC also denied publishing the particulars of the two politicians as candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for senatorial positions in their respective states.
The denial was contained in a statement by the commission’s National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye following some trending online reports that the electoral umpire has recognized Lawan and Akpabio as candidates for the 2023 senatorial elections.
Okoye added that following INEC’s decision, the matter was taken to court by some of the parties involved and the court has not yet given a final ruling.
He clarified that the Certified True Copy (CTC) of the Form EC9 submitted by the APC which was presented by INEC based on a court order is what some people are misconstruing to be that Lawan and Akpabio have been accepted as party candidates.
4. Defence Chief Speaks On Rescue Of Remaining Kidnapped Abuja-Kaduna Train Victims
The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, has said the military is doing its best to ensure the safe rescue of the remaining victims of the Abuja-Kaduna train attack.
Over 60 persons were kidnapped and others killed during an attack on the Abuja-Kaduna-bound train on March 28, 2022.
Speaking during a media parley on Tuesday in Abuja, Irabor said that the military and other security agencies remained committed to rescuing the remaining passengers in captivity.
The Defence chief said following the military air operations, many bandits’ leaders along with their fighters have been neutralised in the North West.
He particularly disclosed that the military, on August 6, killed a notorious bandit leader, Alhaji Abdulkareen and his fighters in the region.
He said the military had intensified both air and ground operations to deal with criminals in all parts of the country, adding that several successes had been recorded in recent times.
5. Adamu Reacts To Impeachment Threat Against Buhari
The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullahi Adamu, has condemned the recent threat by the minority lawmakers in the National Assembly to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari.
Recall that minority lawmakers in the Senate had last week given President Buhari six weeks to address the general insecurity in the country or risk impeachment.
The PDP caucus in the House of Representatives also joined in the six-week ultimatum after a meeting of the National Assembly PDP caucus.
Although the presidency described the impeachment threat as “babyish antics of the opposition”, some APC senators have backed the impeachment move.
Speaking during an interview with Trust TV on Tuesday, Senator Adamu described the move by the lawmakers to impeach President Buhari as a sorry development.
The APC chairman asserted that the minority lawmakers who initiated the impeachment threat are no longer planning to carry it out.
6. Civil War: “Needless Savagery” That Can’t Be Repeated – El-Rufai Sends Warning To Youths
The Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai has warned youths to refrain from activities that could lead to another civil war in the country.
The governor said this while speaking at the closing ceremony of the orientation course organized for members of the 2022 Batch B (Stream 2) National Youth Service Corps members posted to Kaduna State.
He stated that the country could not handle another civil war.
Represented by the state’s acting Governor, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, El-Rufai described the civil war “as a needless savagery” that Nigeria cannot afford to repeat.
He pleaded with the corps members to defend what is good for the country and what will build a united Nigeria.
7. Nothing Will Hinder 2023 Elections – Defence Chief, Irabor Assures
The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor has assured that despite rising insecurity in Nigeria, the forthcoming 2023 general elections will hold as scheduled.
Irabor, who spoke during a press briefing in Abuja on Tuesday at the defence headquarters in Abuja, said the military remained unshaken with its commitment to protecting the lives of citizens and the democratic ideals in the country.
He assured that his men will do everything possible to ensure that nothing stops the poll from holding.
There is tension in the country on whether the 2023 polls will be conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) across the country as scheduled.
This is as the activities of terrorists and bandits continue to surge across states despite efforts by security agents.
However, Irabor, on Tuesday reiterated the military’s covenant to protect Nigeria’s democracy, noting that it has not changed its position.
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8. Why I Invited APC Members To Commission Projects In Rivers – Wike
The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has revealed why he is inviting members of the opposition parties to commission projects in the state.
This is coming after Governor Wike invited the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to commission projects in the state on Monday.
The Governor elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party on Tuesday hosted former Governor of Sokoto State, Aliyu Wamakko in the state.
Wike, while defending the reason for inviting members of the opposition party, said he wants them to come and see what he has done and take the message back home.
The Rivers State Governor stated this during the commissioning of the Ogbunuabali Eastern Bypass dualized road in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.
9. Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Received N100bn Loans From My Gov’t – Buhari
Pharmaceutical manufacturers in Nigeria have reportedly received no fewer than N100 billion to enhance local production of medicines and medical consumables.
President Muhammadu Buhari confirmed this on Tuesday while addressing the new executive members of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA).
The Nigerian leader said the fund was approved and extended through the Central Bank of Nigeria’s support to the private pharmaceutical sector.
He added that the Health Sector Reform Committee chaired by Vice-President Professor Yemi Osinbajo is currently exploring models for revitalizing the nation’s healthcare system that would improve the quality of care and the benefits package to care providers.
Buhari said he had also directed the Honourable Minister of Health to look into ways of turning “brain drain” to “brain gain” by engaging top Nigerian medical experts in the diaspora in knowledge and skills repatriation.
10. APC vs PDP: Why Rivers People Will Vote Whoever I Ask Them To Vote – Gov Wike
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has boasted that the people of his state will always listen to him when he asks them to vote in a particular direction.
The governor stated this during Tuesday’s commissioning of dualised Ogbunuabali – Eastern Bypass Road project in Port Harcourt.
According to the governor, misguided Rivers politicians are twisting his assertion on Monday that the state was entirely under his grips.
Wike explained, “Because some people went to school late, they don’t understand when somebody says I am in charge of this State.
“I never said I am in charge of votes in this State, but I know I can talk to my people, and my people will listen to me. Some people say I have only one vote, I agree. I can’t vote two times. I will only vote once. But because of the services I have rendered to the people of this State, the State will listen to me.”
He also stated that his widely acknowledged outstanding stewardship in office reflects his capacity and passion for delivering enduring development to Rivers State people.
Wike stated that his capacity to deliver has nothing to do with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).